1811 - 1816 - Ceylon Government

Four Stiver - 1/12 Rix-dollar

Four Stiver (Fanam) copper dump coin struck in Ceylon Government Mint.

SPECIFICATIONS
Denomination1/12 RixDollar
AlloyCopper
TypeStruck
Diameter28.0 mm
Thickness 8.2 mm
Weight Legal36.27 gms
Weight 37.46 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeDump
Die Axis
MintCeylon
1812_f12rxd_cu-dump_obverse 1812_f12rxd_cu-dump_reverse
Pridmore #39; Mitchiner #220_; Krause #65

Obverse : Within a beaded circle between two plain circles an elephant facing left. The year 1812 below
Reverse : Within a beaded circle between two plain circle :CEYLON.GOVERNMENT The fraction of value to Rix Dollar 12 at center.

Pridmore Lists a single variety for 1811, 1812, 1813, 1814 and 1815

KMPridmore Year Legend
63381811   :CEYLON.GOVERNMENT
63391812   :CEYLON.GOVERNMENT
63401813   :CEYLON.GOVERNMENT
63411814   :CEYLON.GOVERNMENT
63421815   :CEYLON.GOVERNMENT

This coin is 3.2% over weight which is well within expected tolerance for these hand struck copper dumps.

Text from
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
  Page 156 Chapter XI British - Coins struck in Ceylon. Plate 157.

The VG+ grade coin was scanned at 300 dpi and the images are displayed at 200 dpi. This coin was purchased in 2002 December from a dealer in USA-CA. See also G- grade 1812 dump purchased in Lanka many years ago. See G+ grade 1811 dump and F grade 1812 dump which are both at best contemporary fogeries being over 30% underweight.